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The word mechta Russian: The difference between Telstar 18 and Mechta is the red details on the design. Its music video was released on 8 June Thirty-three footballers who are alleged to be part of the steroid program are listed in the McLaren Report. The choice of Russia as host has been challenged. Controversial issues have included the level of racism in Russian football, [] [] [] and discrimination against LGBT people in wider Russian society.

Allegations of corruption in the bidding processes for the and World Cups caused threats from England's FA to boycott the tournament. Garcia , a US attorney, to investigate and produce a report on the corruption allegations. Eckert's summary cleared Russia and Qatar of any wrongdoing, but was denounced by critics as a whitewash.

On 3 June , the FBI confirmed that the federal authorities were investigating the bidding and awarding processes for the and World Cups. In response to the March poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal , British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that no British ministers or members of the royal family would attend the World Cup, and issued a warning to any travelling England fans.

The British Foreign Office and MPs had repeatedly warned English football fans and "people of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent" travelling to Russia of "racist or homophobic intimidation, hooligan violence and anti-British hostility". At the close of the World Cup Russia was widely praised for its success in hosting the tournament, with Steve Rosenberg of the BBC deeming it "a resounding public relations success" for Putin, adding, "The stunning new stadiums, free train travel to venues and the absence of crowd violence has impressed visiting supporters.

Russia has come across as friendly and hospitable: All the foreign fans I have spoken to are pleasantly surprised. FIFA President Gianni Infantino stated, "Everyone discovered a beautiful country, a welcoming country, that is keen to show the world that everything that has been said before might not be true. A lot of preconceived ideas have been changed because people have seen the true nature of Russia.

In February , Ukrainian rightsholder UA: PBC stated that it would not broadcast the World Cup. This came in the wake of growing boycotts of the tournament among the Football Federation of Ukraine and sports minister Ihor Zhdanov. Broadcast rights to the tournament in the Middle East were hampered by an ongoing diplomatic crisis in Qatar over alleged support of extremist groups. Qatar is the home country of the region's rightsholder, beIN Sports.

On 2 June , beIN pulled its channels from Du and Etisalat , but with service to the latter restored later that day. Etisalat subsequently announced that it would air the World Cup in the UAE, and continue to offer beIN normally and without interruptions.

On 12 July , FIFA stated that it "has engaged counsel to take legal action in Saudi Arabia and is working alongside other sports rights owners that have also been affected to protect its interests. The elimination of the United States in qualifying led to concerns that US interest and viewership of this World Cup would be reduced especially among "casual" viewers interested in the US team , especially noting how much Fox paid for the rights, and that US games at the World Cup peaked at During a launch event prior to the elimination, Fox stated that it had planned to place a secondary focus on the Mexican team in its coverage to take advantage of their popularity among US viewers factoring Hispanic and Latino Americans.

Fox stated that it was still committed to broadcasting a significant amount of coverage for the tournament. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other competitions of that name, see World Cup disambiguation. For the video game, see FIFA Not a FIFA member. Bronnitsy , Moscow Oblast Australia: Kazan , Republic of Tatarstan Belgium: Krasnogorsky , Moscow Oblast Brazil: Sochi , Krasnodar Krai Colombia: Verkhneuslonsky , Republic of Tatarstan Costa Rica: Roshchino , Leningrad Oblast [78] Denmark: Anapa , Krasnodar Krai Egypt: Grozny , Chechen Republic England: Repino , Saint Petersburg [79] France: Istra , Moscow Oblast Germany: Vatutinki , Moscow [80] Iceland: Gelendzhik , Krasnodar Krai Iran: Bakovka, Moscow Oblast Japan: Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan Mexico: Khimki , Moscow Oblast Morocco: Voronezh , Voronezh Oblast Nigeria: Yessentuki , Stavropol Krai Panama: Saransk , Republic of Mordovia Peru: Sochi, Krasnodar Krai Portugal: Ramenskoye , Moscow Oblast Russia: Khimki, Moscow Oblast Saudi Arabia: Kaluga , Kaluga Oblast Serbia: Svetlogorsk , Kaliningrad Oblast South Korea: Krasnodar , Krasnodar Krai Sweden: Gelendzhik, Krasnodar Krai Switzerland: Togliatti , Samara Oblast Tunisia: Pervomayskoye, Moscow Oblast Uruguay: Bor , Nizhny Novgorod Oblast.

FIFA Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers H Host. Luzhniki Stadium , Moscow. Central Stadium , Yekaterinburg. Krestovsky Stadium , Saint Petersburg. Rostov Arena , Rostov-on-Don. But we haven't been able to connect those behaviors to the actual results. So in a business in which a penny or two make all the difference, adjustments will be necessary.

On top of all the other adjustments. We've built the technology that gives us a real chance to differentiate ourselves. Sears loss widens Chicago Tribune November 22, Thursday posted a wider third-quarter loss as Chief Executive Officer Edward Lampert works to sell more of the department-store chain's assets to drum up cash amid a six-year sales decline.

Lampert, the hedge fund manager who also is Sears's chairman and majority shareholder, has been selling and spinning off assets as Sears's cash pile shrinks amid 27 straight quarterly sales declines. The dwindling resources are making it harder for Sears to improve the outdated stores that have contributed to its loss of customers. Sears said last month it's considering separating its Lands' End apparel and automotive service-centers units.

While analysts have pointed out that Sears spends less than competitors on store upkeep, the retailer has been pouring money into e-commerce initiatives.

Lampert has highlighted Member Assist, a mobile application that customers can use to text message store associates. The retailer also recently created a social network for the company's Shop Your Way loyalty program, which now generates 70 percent of sales.

Many of the company's current leaders come from the technology world. Lampert himself took the reins after D'Ambrosio resigned earlier this year for family-related reasons.

Comparable-store sales in the U. Sales fell 4 percent at Sears locations, amid decreases in appliances, electronics and clothing. Total domestic same-store sales dropped 3.

Gross margin, or the percentage of sales left after subtracting the cost of goods, narrowed at all three divisions, with a companywide decline of 2. A smaller inventory may hamper its ability to compete with more aggressive promotions from Wal-Mart and Kohl's Corp. SHLD today announced financial results for its third quarter ended November 2, As a supplement to this earnings release, please see our presentation at our website SearsHoldings.

We are transitioning from a business that has historically focused on running a store network into a business that provides and delivers value by serving its members in the manner most convenient for them: Lampert continued, "While transformations of this scale are challenging, we believe we are making progress as we are seeing substantive continued increases in our SYW member engagement metrics.

We are intentionally transitioning business models in a thoughtful manner and are making the investments to demonstrate the value of SYW to our members. Throughout this transition, we have continued with traditional promotional programs and marketing expenditures while investing in our member-centric model, which has impacted our margin and expenses.

We have been investing hundreds of millions of dollars annually in our transformation and will continue to invest in the future of the Company. For the quarter, domestic comparable store sales declined 3. The gross margin rate for both Kmart and Sears Domestic continued to be impacted by transactions that offer both traditional promotional marketing discounts and Shop Your Way points. As compared to the prior year, Kmart's gross margin rate for the third quarter declined basis points, with decreases experienced in a majority of categories, particularly apparel.

Sears Domestic's gross margin rate declined basis points for the quarter primarily due to selling merchandise to SHO at cost pursuant to the terms of the separation as expected and previously disclosed, which accounted for approximately basis points of the decline. Sears Domestic also experienced decreases in the home appliances and apparel categories. Sears Canada's gross margin rate declined basis points for the third quarter due to an increase in inventory reserve requirements.

See the attached schedule, "Adjusted Earnings per Share," for a reconciliation from GAAP to as adjusted amounts, including adjusted earnings per diluted share. Our effective tax rate for the third quarter of was a benefit of 0. The application of the requirements for accounting for income taxes in interim periods, after consideration of our valuation allowance, causes a significant variation in the typical relationship between income tax expense and pretax accounting income.

Our tax rate in continues to reflect the effect of not recognizing the benefit of current period losses in certain domestic jurisdictions where it is not more likely than not that such benefits would be realized. In addition, the third quarter benefited from statute expirations and the lower tax on the Sears Canada gain on sales of assets. Our fiscal third quarter was comprised of the week period ended November 2, while our fiscal third quarter was comprised of the week period ended October 27, This one week shift in sales had no impact on the domestic comparable store sales results reported herein due to the fact that for purposes of reporting domestic comparable store sales for the third quarter, weeks 27 through 39 for fiscal have been compared to weeks 28 through 40 of fiscal year , thereby eliminating the impact of the one week shift.

In addition, domestic comparable store sales amounts for the third quarter include online sales from sears. Financial Position "During the third quarter, we continued with our strategy to redeploy our capital as we invest to accelerate our transformation. These actions are consistent with our objectives of becoming a more focused company that is easier to understand and manage, of allowing these businesses to pursue their own strategic opportunities and allocate capital in a more focused manner, of providing multiple opportunities for our shareholders to participate in the value created by these businesses and of potentially enhancing our financial flexibility, depending upon the transaction structure.

Sears Domestic inventory decreased in a majority of categories, with the most notable decreases in the apparel and consumer electronics categories. The increase in borrowings funded our operations, including the loss for the period, seasonal inventory build, pension contributions and capital expenditures. Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz reported a wider quarterly net loss on Thursday after sales fell at both its namesake department stores and its Kmart discount chain and it invested in more promotions targeting rewards members.

The company is trying to engineer a turnaround. Sales have been falling since , when hedge fund manager Edward Lampert merged the two U. Sears has been closing stores, tightly managing inventory, selling real estate and shedding assets, but the retailer is still struggling to generate cash from its operations. Wall Street has criticized Lampert for not investing enough in stores and for relying on financial engineering to boost profits. On Thursday, he said Sears was spending more to make targeted offers to members of its Shop Your Way rewards program.

He said 70 percent of sales are now made to Shop Your Way members. Sales at stores open at least a year fell 3. At that chain, weak demand for groceries, consumer electronics and toys offset strength in the apparel and "seasonal and outdoor living" categories. A 4 percent drop at Sears Domestic reflects decreases in most categories, including the consumer electronics, lawn and garden, tools, home appliances and apparel.

The Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based company recently refinanced some debt, sold its stake in eight properties it owns with the Westcliff Group and terminated some store leases in Canada. These door busters may be a bust. Adding injury to insult, the step won't do much for its battered bottom line, according to retail analysts. Sears underscored how grim the situation is on Oct.

It also projected deeper losses for the fiscal third quarter through Nov. Hedge-fund manager Edward Lampert has proved hopeless as a retailer since taking control of Sears in Recent enthusiasm represents a bet that he will be a far better liquidator.

The company's profit warning two months later poured more fuel on the breakup fire. The big news in the release was the possibility of spinning off clothing retailer Lands' End.

But the discount isn't so tantalizing any more given Sears's dreadful operating performance. Investors who weren't early birds on this one can stay home and enjoy their turkey instead. Penney's fiscal third-quarter loss widened as the department-store retailer's sales and margins weakened and the bottom line took a tax hit. However, shares rose in early trading as investors nonetheless were encouraged by the progress that the retailer said it has made in recent months.

Ullman reiterated Wednesday that the company expects to report positive same-store sales for the fourth quarter. The company recently reported its same-store sales rose in October--the company's first monthly same-store sales increase since December and a potential sign that its turnaround strategy is making some progress. Penney is struggling to turn itself around after former chief executive Ron Johnson's failed effort to remake the retailer by doing away with promotions and eliminating in-house brands.

Investors were watching for signs of whether the recently improved sales trends can be sustained, as well as the rate Penney is burning through cash. Also of interest to investors was the company's outlook for the critical holiday-sales season. He added that the company's new marketing campaign, which launched this week, is aimed at reminding customers that Penney is a destination for holiday gifts that fit a budget.

Like its rivals, Penney plans to go aggressively after Black Friday sales and is planning to open its doors on Thanksgiving Day. Analysts have been anticipating a highly promotion holiday-shopping season, which could weigh on margins in the retail sector. For the period ended Nov. The latest period included negative tax-valuation allowance impacts of 73 cents a share and restructuring-related charges of 18 cents a share.

Gross margin fell to Same-store sales dropped 4. Online sales through jcp. For years, American retail icons Sears and J. Penney had one thing in common: Recently, they have one more thing in common: Penney tried to move upscale.

They refurbished stores, and did away with coupon discounts, as discussed in previous pieces. The old policy had been working well, because it hypes consumer emotions, making them feel smart and encouraging them to talk with other consumers about it. That's how hype and buzz begins. JC Penney did away with this strategy after Ron Johnson assumed the helm of the company, modeling the company's stores after those of Apple.

At the same time, J. Penney changed its product line to cater to upper scale consumers rather than the middle class consumer. The rest is history. Sears has suffered from a series of strategic mistakes. The problem, however, was that these new business lines had little synergies with the company's core business. Besides, it offered Sears' competitors -- like Macy's Inc. In , Sears made its second mistake, restructuring its operations into several units, often run by people with little retailing experience.

It should come as no surprise that this policy was doomed to fail, as evidenced by the company's financial results in recent years. In the last two years, Sears made its third strategic mistake -- selling-off company stores. The problem with this was most likely that it constituted sale of the wrong products at the wrong time.

Sears' stores are usually stand-alone units in local community malls, which have been falling out of favor among shoppers who prefer big shopping malls. Sears' sales further come at a bad time, as the commercial real estate market is in a glut that depresses prices.

To be fair, J. Penney has taken a number of steps to revive its business -- like the bringing back of coupon discounts, and by selling additional shares to raise cash. Sears has been raising cash from store sales, which could be spent to modernize the remaining stores. Will these moves be sufficient to save these two American icons?

It is probably too early to say. What we can say, however, is that the two retailers do not seem to enjoy the popularity they once enjoyed among loyal customers.

It used to be the tallest building in America. It used to be the tallest in the world. It used to be the Sears Tower. Now Chicago's Willis Tower is second, um, banana to New York's not-yet-completed One World Trade Center, which was declared tallest in the nation Tuesday by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the official arbiter of disputes over the height of skyscrapers.

Council members from all over the world huddled here last week to decide whether the tower rising from the rubble of Manhattan's ground zero would claim the top spot in the U.

Yes, this required a panel of experts, and not just because nobody could find a really long tape measure. At issue was whether the pointy thing atop the New York building should count as an architectural element or an antenna. The council determines the height of a building from the sidewalk to its "architectural top. One World Trade Center aspires to a symbolically significant height of 1, feet, including a foot needle piercing the sky.

Last year, its developer scratched plans to enclose the needle in a fiberglass-and-steel sheath called a radome. Without the needle -- we can state this confidently without involving a panel of experts -- the building would measure 1, feet tall. The Willis Tower, minus antennas, is 1, But the council decided the pointy thing is a real part of the New York building, and just like that, Chicago was second again. The earth kept turning after Chicago lost the world's tallest building title to the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in Being named the "tallest in America" is good for little more than bragging rights for the building's tenants and steady tourist traffic for its ground floor gift shop.

If you own a souvenir replica labeled "World's Tallest," be sure to snap up a now-dated "America's Tallest" to go with it. That's because the U. Eight of the world's 10 tallest buildings are in the Middle East and Asia.

Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Tower, now under construction, will be 3, feet tall. This brings us to the concept of "vanity height" -- defined by the council as "the distance between a skyscraper's highest occupiable floor and its architectural top. Dubai's Burj Khalifa -- currently the world's tallest building at 2, feet -- is topped by feet of unusable ornamentation. That means almost 30 percent of the world's tallest building is "vanity height.

Chicago has a much more important architectural challenge on its hands. Its owners say it soon will be "the next destination building in the iconic Chicago skyline. But what about the Goat? Since , the Billy Goat Tavern has been housed below Michigan Avenue, in a part of the Realtor Building not even visible from the sidewalk. It's a watering "hole" in the truest sense and the very opposite of vanity height. It must be saved.

Chicago can live without the title of America's tallest building. But the Billy Goat has to stay. The Lower Manhattan site's signature tower on Tuesday secured the designation as the country's tallest building at 1, feet, as the nonprofit Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat ruled its foot mast was considered part of the building's architecture. The ruling by the Chicago-based group--the accepted arbiter on matters of skyscraper height--wrests the vertical crown from Chicago's Willis Tower, the formerly named Sears Tower that measures 1, feet tall to its roof and has been the country's tallest since it was completed in The designation is set to go into effect when the building opens in The bragging rights became clouded over a decision last year to remove an architectural shell for the mast from One World Trade's design on account of maintenance and cost concerns.

The move sparked criticism at the time from building's lead designer, David Childs, as it left behind steel beams, broadcast equipment and maintenance platforms that weren't meant to be seen. It also left room for debate given that the council's brief guidelines say spires that are part of the architecture count while antennas don't.

But late last week, Mr. The argument was compelling, Mr. Johnson said, as the council believes the mast has numerous features that differentiate it from a standard antenna. Those include plans for a colorful night lighting display and a bright beacon at its top.

Not everyone is so convinced, particularly in America's second city. You can't get a view like that from an antenna. Since then, two towers taller than One World Trade have been completed and six others are under construction, according to the tall buildings council.

All are in Asia, ending decades of U. After all, the mast didn't come cheap: The 1,foot north tower of the original World Trade Center had a brief tenure as the world's tallest from to , when it was ceded to Chicago, according to the council. Such high-stakes decisions have caused stirs before. The skyscraper council was rebuked by Chicago architectural devotees in the s, when it ruled that the spires atop the Petronas towers in Kuala Lumpur put their official height above the Sears Tower to become the world's tallest.

Since the Petronas ruling, spires have become commonplace and grown ever-higher. The council even created a term for the practice: One World Trade Center will be the nation's tallest building when it opens next year, a Chicago-based tall buildings council announced Tuesday, a decision that drew a quick rebuke from Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The decision by the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat hinged on whether the tower's mast was a spire, which counts in height measurements, or an antenna, which doesn't.

It is an antenna. Something you can't do from an antenna. Not that I'm competitive. So for all those who want to climb on top of an antenna and take a look, go ahead.

I would suggest stay indoors and take a look. In doing so, the council accepted the argument of the skyscraper's architect and developers that the mast is part of the building's fixed height of 1,feet. That distinguishes the mast from an ordinary antenna, like the one atop Willis, whose height can be changed. The council also sided with the New Yorkers in ruling that World Trade Center's bottom, or baseline for measuring its height, should be considered its main entrance facing south toward the National Sept.

Because of the skyscraper's site slopes, the north entrance is 5 feet, 8 inches lower than the main entrance. The council's height standards state a building's height is measured from its lowest outdoor entrance to its architectural top. If One World Trade Center's height was measured from the north entrance, the building would be 1, feet tall--still the nation's tallest, but without the symbolic ring of 1, feet.

Ninety-nine percent of people will be entering One World Trade Center off the memorial plaza, he added. Wood said the height committee's decision was "virtually unanimous. Wood and Weismantle said the committee felt no political pressure to rule in favor of One World Trade Center. Wood said One World Trade Center would only become the nation's tallest building next year when it is at least partially occupied. The decision will end Willis Tower's reign of roughly 40 years as the nation's tallest building.

Willis Tower officials issued a statement emphasizing the features of the Chicago skyscraper for visitors--among them "the unique thrill and excitement of standing at the highest point in any building in the country, 1, feet above ground"--and downplaying any competition for the title of the country's tallest building. One World Trade Center is a stunning architectural feat and it is a symbol of the resilience of the American people.

Reflecting intense public interest in the decision, the announcement was made before a bank of television cameras in a packed room of the 16th floor of the IIT Tower at the corner of State Street and 35th Street. The room looked out to the Chicago skyline, including Willis Tower. The announcement culminated weeks of speculation about the ruling, which drew widespread attention because it would finally settle the issue of whether Chicago or New York could claim bragging rights to having the nation's and the Western Hemisphere's tallest building, as well as whether One World Trade Center would achieve the symbolic height of 1, feet.

Willis Tower, completed in and once the world's tallest building, is 1, feet tall. Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the current holder of the title, is 2, feet tall.

Twenty-five members of the committee were present, according to Daniel Safarik, a spokesman for the tall building council. Of the nine Americans on the committee, five are from Chicago, Safarik said. According to Safarik, two committee members are from New York. The council's spokeman pointed out that a majority of the committee members present Friday were from outside the U.

The council ruled that the Malaysian towers' decorative spires, which edged 33 feet higher than Sears' roof, should count in height measurements. In making that decision, the council affirmed its longtime standard that spires, like those atop New York's Chrysler Building, are integral to a building's architectural design while broadcast antennas, like those Willis, are not.

But eyebrows were raised at the council last year when it became known that the co-developer of the One World Trade Center, the Durst Organization, had decided not to clad the mast in a tapering, fiberglass and steel enclosure called a radome. The developers insisted the radome would be difficult to maintain. Without the covering, the mast, which reached its full height in a "topping-out" ceremony last May, consists of a conventional steel pole surrounded by round catwalks.

At the time of the topping-out, it was widely reported that the tower had reached the height of 1, feet tall and was America's tallest building.

But the elimination of the radome raised the issue of whether the mast should be considered an antenna, which would not count in the official height measurements. Eliminating this integral part of the building's design and leaving an exposed antenna and equipment is unfortunate. Appearing before the height committee, Childs did "a mea culpa," the council leaders said. Also in September, the council issued a provocative report which noted that skyscrapers around the world were padding their heights with ever-rising amounts of non-occupiable space atop the buildings.

The council called the trend "vanity height. Thirty-nine percent of the tower's overall height consists of un-occupied space at the tower's top.

They're "putting on spires just to get the record. The mast accounts for nearly 30 percent of the skyscraper's height. Hundreds of red, white and blue LED modules lit up the mast. A beacon shined on top of the mast. Port Authority officials said the glow from the lights would be visible up to 50 miles away.

The message of the test seemed clear: The mast is a spire. On Monday, on the eve of the council's announcement, One World Trade Center's web site continued to refer to the skyscraper as "the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

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Disqualification would deny the tower the title as the nation's tallest. But there's more than bragging rights at stake; 1 World Trade Center stands as a monument to those killed in the terrorist attacks, and the ruling could dim the echo of America's founding year in the structure's height. Without the needle, the building measures 1, feet.

What's more, the decision is being made by an organization based in Chicago, whose cultural and architectural history is embodied by the Willis -- formerly Sears -- Tower that would be knocked into second place by a vote in favor of the New York structure. The 30 members of its Height Committee are meeting to render a judgment behind closed doors in Chicago, where the world's first skyscraper appeared in The committee, comprising industry professionals from all over the world, will announce its decision next week.

Under the council's current criteria, spires that are an integral part of a building's aesthetic design count; broadcast antennas that can be added and removed do not.

The designers of 1 World Trade Center had intended to enclose the mast's communications gear in decorative cladding made of fiberglass and steel. But the developer removed that exterior shell from the design, saying it would be impossible to properly maintain or repair. Without it, the question is whether the mast is now primarily just a broadcast antenna.

Safarik said the committee might consider amending its height criteria during the meeting today -- a move with much broader implications that could force a reshuffle in the rankings of the tallest buildings in the world.

If the matter weren't so steeped in emotion it might have set off some of the good natured ribbing emblematic of the history of one-upmanship between New York and Chicago.

It's a marvel of engineering. Equities, the firm that manages the Willis Tower. Nobody's looking at this like a competition. And the Willis can still claim to get visitors up higher: The highest occupied floor in the 1,foot not including antenna height , story Willis Tower is still higher up than that of the story 1 World Trade Center. At the Willis' rd floor thrill-seekers can step out into one of the glass boxes known as The Ledge that extend outside the building's steel frame and look straight down 1, feet.

In New York, the debate was upsetting to Jim Riches, a retired fire department deputy chief who lost his year-old firefighter son, Jimmy, in the terrorist attack. I think it's a ridiculous argument. It doesn't matter to me what height it is," he said. And that's the big thing. There's a question that's looming over the new skyscraper at the World Trade Center site in New York: Should it count as the tallest building in the country?

The developers say yes. But by some measures, the Willis Tower in Chicago -- formerly known as Sears Tower -- can still lay claim to the title. Now, an obscure organization known as the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is preparing to settle the debate. As far as New Yorkers are concerned, it's now the tallest skyscraper in the hemisphere.

It's taller," says Jerry Romano of New Jersey. I'm just stating facts. But the observation deck at the Chicago landmark is actually farther from the ground than the highest occupied floor of One World Trade Center. Wislow is a lifelong Chicagoan who watched this building go up 40 years ago. Now he's chairman and CEO of the company that manages it. Wislow says he has great respect for New York and for the developers and builders of One World Trade Center, which he calls a great symbol of American resilience.

But, "I do think technically, if you strictly interpret the rules, that this would continue to be the tallest building," he says. She lives in Chicago's suburbs and comes to the top of Willis Tower because the view is from a height that you cannot get anywhere else.

Even visitors from overseas agree. Lee Colgan and her family are visiting the sky deck from England. It's based in Chicago -- suspiciously -- but it's made up of people from all over the world.

Its member "height" committee will be debating these buildings on Friday. In the mids, the Sears Tower lost the title of the world's tallest building to the Petronas Towers in Malaysia which have since been surpassed by others. Wood says "the decision was made then to distinguish between architectural height and material height. And that got distilled down to spires versus antenna.

Spires are considered a continuation of the form of the building. The council decided that antennas should not count toward height, but spires do count because they're part of the architectural design of the building. That brings us back to that foot mast on top of One World Trade Center: Is it a spire, as the designers argue? Or is it just an antenna?

It certainly can and will function as an antenna, but it was part of the original architectural design to reach up to the symbolic height of 1, feet. What's causing controversy is that the developers and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey eliminated an ornamental fiberglass and steel cladding that was part of the original design, making it look to some more like an antenna now than a spire.

In addition, some members of the council are growing concerned about the increasing use of spires to reach what Wood calls "vanity heights.

What are we measuring? Or, are we measuring man's ability to put man above the plane of the earth? Are we going with the highest occupied floor? Or something in between? Of course, this whole debate is sort of academic. Neither the Willis Tower nor One World Trade Center is going to be able to claim the title of tallest building in the world. But the decision could set a precedent for tall buildings that will be around for a long time.

The group could announce a decision as soon as next week. It's a basic fact anyone involved with operating a website knows. Yesterday, an unexpected glitch on Walmart. The retailer first, apparently, fixed the problem but was then left to figure out the resulting damage and a response to customers who took advantage of the deals that, as it turns out, were too good to be true.

By last night, Walmart appears to have determined who received unintended rollbacks and sent an email apologizing for the problem and cancelling their orders. Not everyone is happy with Walmart's response. Lila Ecker, a Walmart. So shouldn't they do the same thing online? Sears Holdings has announced it's lopping off more assets by splitting-off the Land's End brand and Sears Auto Center.

The company also announced more sales of US Sears stores in prime malls and the sale of five Sears Canada store leases. Now they are cutting in the muscle. According to the Sears Holdings press release, nothing less than the " The members' program is primarily an online platform somewhat like the "Cartwheel" member initiative at Target or J.

It's quite possible that Sears' brick and mortar presence will be virtually nil in a few short years. A Zack's analyst note applauds the loyalty program and split offs saying,"We commend the company's strategy of capitalizing on opportunities, while increasing profitability through its revamped organizational structure and new operating model. All these measures will expectedly drive top- and bottom-line growth.

Of these latest divestitures he said, " Weeks before, Sozzi posted photos of the decrepit condition of various Sears stores he visited to better illustrate his Sell recommendation. But Michael Santoli, senior columnist for Yahoo! Santoli goes so far to say,"Lampert has carved up the company in a way that seems to ensure its financial liquidity while maintaining a wide array of options for preserving and increasing eventual investor value -- even if the physical retail business is radically shrunk or even wound down.

Hedge fund legend Bruce Berkowitz of Fairholme Capital Management has been aggressively buying Sears, claiming it owns more real estate than Simon Properties, the mall developer. Healthier alternatives Earlier this year, hedge fund titan Whitney Tilson of Kase Capital wrote in an investor note that he suspects Sears Holdings' CEO Eddie Lampert is quietly transferring the best of Sears' assets over to Sears Hometown as the company shutters more of the big-box Sears stores.

Tilson took a starter position in Sears Hometown. Sears Hometown and Outlet has more than 1, stores that resell Sears merchandise at discounts, and parent Sears allows the outlet to sell back merchandise that hasn't moved. Tilson said he would have taken a larger position but for valuation. Alternatively, Target is worth considering. It's growing in Canada, offers a 2. In a challenging retail environment, Target's aforementioned "Cartwheel" mobile deal and coupon app may give the company the edge over rival Wal-Mart this holiday season.

Target also plans to have the popular ship-to-store option available during the holiday season. Target has a net profit margin of 3. This compares favorably to Sears Hometown's net profit margin of 1.

As for Sears Holdings, with a negative net profit margin of Cut to the chase Sears Holdings is a battleground stock performing battlefield surgery on itself. Sum-of-the-parts investors have fewer parts now to count on.

Sears and KMart stores will soon be shadows of their former selves. Of the two, Target is the better value, but Sears Hometown is having a big sale. Who wins as the biggest retailer in the world loses? Any improvement in sales would be welcome news, indicating that the 1,store chain is doing a better job of converting its inventory into cash.

The concern, though, is that sales won't rise fast enough or be profitable enough to head off the need to raise more cash next year. Penney shares have risen over the past two weeks, and the retailer's bonds have followed suit, reflecting investors' anticipation of better news. A park geologist will come in to evaluate the area and decide the risk of a more substantial rockslide this afternoon.

Please contact me when you can. If at all possible can we have more? Thank you for a very enjoyable read. I will never forget one series where the hero converted a Thompson Center contender in to semi auto. Just finished your novel MHI.

Bought it on line from Baen and have enjoyed every second of the read. I could not put it down. My only comment is More.

So much so if Baen offers a sequel I will pay the ARC Advance Readers Copy cost of 15 dollars to avoid waiting a day longer to continue the story line. Just finished reading MHI for the second time. And if you had if it was a influence for your book. Btw loved the quote contest wish i heard about it a month a go. Please keep writing these fun fast paced novels. It was all about getting the job done. Hey there Larry, Just picked up you book on the recommendation of Steve Perry, another author I follow…and wanted to tell you how much I loved it.

I look forward to reading more from you. The things that cause us to whistle while passing the grave yard are real, they do exist, and they do need to eat. This is the story of the people who kill the undead and collect the government bounties. Unusual people who make a difference. This is a wonderful book. All of the things that the public thinks are common scary folk creatures, the vampires, werewolves, zombies, screaming blood suckers, and many more are infact based in truth.

And this is a story of the people who work to keep us safe from them. Monster Hunters International is one of a small group of companies that fight and try to kill the legions of the undead, and to collect the government bounty on these creatures. This was the most entertaining, informative, exciting, well written books I have read this year. The character development was excellent, story continuity superb, the author created a wonderful story that will enthrall the reader and keep you turning page after page after page.

While the book is robbing you of your sleep it will keep you laughing at the same time. Get the book, read and enjoy. Does this get me advanced access to the next book?

Loved MHI, it rocked hard. The technical aspects made it that much more enjoyable. Keep up the good work man. My coauthor on that one is still on active duty at EOD school, so getting that one wrapped up has been tough. I gotta say that my favorite authors have been Pratchett, Butcher, Modesette, Salvatore, just to name a few.

I now add your name to the TOP of that list. So, when the hell you gonna release the next MHI book…? LOL Would you hurry up already.

Is there any way you could, at some point, maybe work in a character for me..? I read everything on this blog. It is how I get through the day at my regular job. Butcher, Modesette, Salvatore, Pratchett? Man, that is some dang fine company.

Fall it is looking like. Hey, Finished MHI the other day.. It was freakin amazing. Also, I work in a movie theatre, and have seen probably every movie to come through in the past 3 years that interest me. I especially love monster movies, ie underworld and others like it. MHI put into movie form would be beautiful, and trust me I know about movies.

This has serious potential, I would talk to baen about speaking with paramount or someone. Then if that one did well, you would most likely be signed for your second book to movie as well. Or if you have other books published or recommendationslet me know. I also very much want to order a patch if there is a place I can do that please e-mail me and let me know.

Ryan, at the top of the page is a tab called Buy Stuff. All the info on patches and autographed copies is there. I just finished reading the book and it was thoroughly entertaining. Larry, can you contact me? Keep up the good work! Bought your book planning to use it as travel fodder on my way overseas. It did not make it. Now, go write more books, please. I just finished reading MHI. You, sir, are a genius.

There are no words to describe you and your work in terms of greatness. Absolutely fantastic… in hommage to that a funny bit I found online…. One day, she met a funny, goofy boy who was deep and intelligent.

Stop online predatation from Great Old Ones before it can start. Educate your children about Cthulhu today. When is this dead s ix book coming out? Is it coming out? I read that sample and man i liked it. Your blog keeps me up during the long borind hours of night shift here in Iraq. Correia I am an avid reader 3 to 4 novels per week and was verry impressed by MHI, so much so in fact that i have been working on a D20 rpg campain setting based on characters and information from your novel as i have yet to find any already published.

Know that I have no intention on ever having the setting published but would love any thoughts you may have on the subject. Somebody once asked me, for RPG purposes, how many Hunters are on a local team? I told him that it is exactly the same number as however many people are in his gaming group. Larry, I own the independent bookshop in downtown Boise. I recently read Monster Hunter International. I love your book and it is prominently displayed in my store. I am also a combat veteran and a shooter.

I would like to invite you to Boise for a book signing in my store and a skeet shoot. Please contact me at your convenience. A Novel adventure anoveladventure hotmail. Just put the book Monster Hunter International down……… you did a great job. You punted this one out of the stands, and have snared my attention for years to come. I hope good fortune and great writing fill your future days. I will recommend MHI to all of my friends and fellow Marines.

Mmmmmmm a sequel, sounds good, but a question do you watch your site? My family are avid hunters, fishermen and trappers, so i grew up the old way. Larry, Loved your book after hearing you on Gun Nuts Radio as did my wife! We just opened a new gun store in Northwest Florida, how can we order some copies of MHI at wholesale and maybe a poster or something to stock for our customers? I absolutly loved MHI!!!

Hi, I just finished the book. Read it within a week, just could not put it down. My husband, currently in Iraq, has read it twice. He sent it home with a note asking me to put it in a safe spot till he gets home or better yet read it. I chose to read it. I had to look you up to see if there were more books coming out. When I hear from my husband again, I will give him the good news.

We will both be looking forward to the next one. All I want to do right now is go out and buy alot more guns! My husband insists I wait for him to come home so we can buy them together. Ahh maybe I can wait. Read while deployed to Iraq. Keep up the great series!!!

Guns, Monster Killin, Great guns, and gun toting monster Killin girls.. It is great to see one of the members of the Gun Culture doing well. If u need anything…ever, stop by my favorite website AR The texas boys will be more than glad to help you out. We also have a small section for your homies up north. Thanks for the read. Mr correia, i sent you an email this evening december 7, and i forgot to ask about additional patches. Does the switch-bunny, or bloody bunny, how ever you choose to phrase it, patch exist?

If so where might i find a link to it? Far and away the best monster killer book i have read in years. That was more of a hat tip that I put in because I love his comic and read it daily. I was hoping that Mr. Abrams had given permission. I also enjoyed sluggy freelance quite a bit, thusly my desire for a patch. Thanks for your prompt responses to both my email and my post on this site. I received your patches awhile ago here in sunny Afghanistan and I understand that you like to post photos of them from distant locations.

Great book in general and the details made it hard to put down. So many authors could benefit from taking the time to learn how guns actually work and the terminology that folks who use guns actually use. Larry, You kinda look like my cousin Danny. When Danny and I were still in our teens I went back north for a visit. Just finished MHI, got it for my birthday on the 18th and had a hard time putting it down.

If you are attending the SHOT show next month in LV stop by my booth, would love to shake you hand, you write just what I like to read. I think we have some extra badges if you need to get in. Booth X Caliber Tactical. Larry may not be able to go, but I will be coming down to Vegas several times next month. If possible, I would love to steal a badge and attend.

I may not be as great as Larry, but I do get to blow things up for a living and can bring a DVD as payment for the badge. I stayed up until 2 am that night reading, and was not much good for work at 6 am the next morning. It is great to see a local writer doing so well, keep up the good work! A not B even. That is so exciting. I think that I am going to enjoy this one. My reading covers a very wide and diverse range of subject matter.

I need something like this to clean my literary pipes. Even at the age of 63 I can still enjoy this stuff. Please, do keep it up. Campbell Williams Jonesboro, georgia. MHI is a great book! Very glad i bought a copy. I have always wanted to write, but was terrible diagramming sentences in high school: Were i a writer, i would like to think that it would be a similar style to yours. I have an idea for a story that you may use or discard at your leisure.. Our heroine receives a phone call from her sick aunt who lives high in the mountains above Leadville.

With brutal fury, the Snowman wrenches open the cabin door. Inside, our heroine is barely able to form these words with her rapidly transforming mouth.. Seems our heroine and her seriously wounded aunt are old school werewolves. Larry, Just finished MHI. I will track down your books and read them — especially more in the MHI world. Thanks for giving me some pleasant down time in a different world.

Can you tell me how much it would cost to send a signed paperback and a couple of patches to me here in Israel? Check the Buy stuff link at the top for the prices.

International shipping is a tough one. Hi, I am currently reading your book and it is great. I think it is worthy of a movie but you probably know how careful you will have to be to get that done.

I am looking forward to your next book and have recomended you to everyone I can. Totally armored, has an enclosed turret which mounts an MA2. Textron was selling to cops and other nations and private corporations long before the ARMY bought in.

I was the gunner on one in Iraq for 15 months from Trust me, I know. ASVs can bring a whole lotta hurt in a little package. Great read and I appreciate your mentioning our product. NEVER pay for a set of our sights. Just send me an email. We would like to invite you to publish your reviews on 7tavern.

Based on the merit of your reviews, we intend to offer you exclusive publishing privileges on our website! Cheers, 7tavern Team admin 7tavern. I passed the book on and its circling through my plt. I plan on ordering some patches and sporting them on ranges or when we can wear ball caps on Sundays.

I just wanted to say thanks for the book and keep up the great work. I would love to see MHI as a comic. Drop by and feel the love.

You know, gun-toting, bearded love. Hey Larry, about half-way through your book, I got to say it a hoot. Just wanted to invite to you a 3gun match this coming April check out our website for info. Couldnt be happier about the sequel. Invite to the Dixonverse still is open. Chuck and the crew loved your book. But there are many gun lovers and current and ex military guys and gals. Registering is free and worth it.

And if they mixed, it might not be pretty. Though, with our natural charisma, all the Obama folks would swoon over us. Since they apparently love charisma. It would have been a pity for a book as good as MHI to be a single.

I have lived in the area where you set MHI all my life and appreciate either your familiarity with the area and its environs or the thorough research. Love the book so far. That would totally rock. Read by Vin Diesel. Just so you know. Keep it coming and keep it real. Larry, Handiboy gave me your book for Christmas and my wife and I read it.

Best book Ive read in a long time! I love your your take on elves and orcs. Dude, your new stuff is awesome. Please tell me that someone has contacted you about the movie rights to MHI! I think that the story, humor, action and, of course, massive armament would make great cinema. Ralph, if you see those patches again,get a contact for the seller or manufacturer and pass it along to me please.

Cool new website to further distract you from writing.. Great to finally see you at the Dixonverse. Find it funny you are using one name.

How do you pronounce your last name? Larry, when are you going to be in Oklahoma? Same with bear in eastern OK. I read your book and loved it I just gave it to my husband and wrote a great review on Amazon for you. I think you did a great job with the novel and brought a much needed fresh approach. And then ya just go..

Now college kid at Will obtain a copy of MHI. Hope to earn a patch. I really enjoyed the book as a long time gun guy and as a cop. Actually I was right you exceeded the first book. This was a real barn burner. The character developement was great and suprising.

Only problem is the wait for book 3. This is a must read book. Best read I have had since book one. Keep up the great writing I am ever so hooked on these books. Michael, Do you have one of those fancy electronic book readers? If not, were you able to read it on your computer? I obtained the copy from baen. I downloaded in mobipocket format which I read on my Ipod touch using a app called bookshelf.

This is a pricey service from baen 15 dollars a copy but for a book like this one well worth the money. Note this is a unedited version of the book but you can down load the edited version when it comes out.

More detail, more action, more villians. Sayed up all night to finish it could not stop till I found out how it ended. Only regret is I now want the next book. Thnks very much for the information. For me part of the enjoyment of reading is holding a book in my hands.

Maybe the anticipation will heighten the enjoyment. Between Twilight, Anne Rice, and all the other pathetic pieces of useless cinema one finds in the genre, it would be nice okay far more than nice if for once a movie came out that a bunch of Marines like my artillery battery and I could actually enjoy. Am I volunteering myself? Heck, I could have the rough draft done before we leave for Afghanistan next spring.

What do you say sir? While on a trip to the U. Looking forward to the next one. Gun question for Larry: I am a fairly new gun owner and I am trying to learn the basics to shooting. I am a believer that if you own a gun you need to learn to use it properly.

What I would like to know is where I can go to learn the basics or what I should read. I am a poor college student, but I love to shoot my gun.

Any tips, even if it is just you pointing me in the right direction on where to go so I can learn the basics, would be greatly appreciated. And since it can get pricey buying ammo constantly, are there some skills I can work on without going to the range. And if anybody else has any advice or ideas I am all ears. I think I will start working on my shooting by forgetting the five minutes of video I just watched.

Has anybody pointed out how much that picture of you looks like the odious ogre??? My wife and I love your book. Your blog was an interesting read also.

I grew up in Mississippi and have lived in Savanah, Georgia and currently Atlanta. Thanks for the Southern setting and accurate description of southern humidity.

You did freak me out by mentioning out of the way places that I have spent time. We love the characters and story. Looking forward to the next book and ordering our patches. Dude your Monster Hunter Books are Epic! I am from Mariposa, California currently living in Merced and grew up shooting guns, reading H. Look at the way they target kids in school, knowing some kids will eventually see this video.

This is not a video for kids. There is graghic gore in this video and I believe a subliminal threat. I really enjoyed your book it got sent to me in Iraq from the adopt a soldier program gonna go order the second one now since im back and finally have some time. Not wanting to babble on like the derranged fan girl I will undoubtedly sound like, I shall attempt to sum up….

I have no criticisms, only one request. Please write more, lots more, and faster!!! Kevlar makes a pretty poor armor for the people in your stories. Slightly harder bullets, say silver bullets, also pass through Kevlar. This is the reason they have the ceramic and armor steel inserts in the Hard Corps line. Given the threats in the Monster Hunter universe, Kevlar is pretty weak protection. An over layer of chain mail would improve slash resistance. A vest might stop a. Drop me an e-mail.

I have a marvelous story about a co-worker at a defense contractor demonstrating these problems for a customer. The customer was not amused; blood is so hard to clean out of shag carpeting. I thought about that. Another book already pointed that out. I think maybe Jim Butcher. And definitely Artemus Fowl not that you people are likely to enjoy that kind of thing.

But they both point out that if you want to deflect claws and teeth you are better off with actual armor. Given that the threat is primarily from getting bitten, by either a vamp, zombie, or werewolf, I think special-purpose MH armor is called for. I was reading a novel where the murderer was using piano wire as a garrote, so the detective had a metal collar made up immediately prior to the final showdown. Thanks so much for giving us an amazing read that also sets us apart from our peers and their fail-books about whiney emo teenage vampires.

They just kill you without speeches. Also, they are not puny vampires you find in Monster Hunter who get easily shot. The sparkling ones are moving far too fast for a human to shoot. They are much more frightening. In fact Monster Hunter has the weakest, stupidest vampires anywhere. Id also add; No one that has read Anne Rice would try reasoning with a vampire.

The vampires in her books are very scary powerful creatures. I know guys are sort of jealous of vampires, and as these books are written for men, I see why this is. You treat vampires much like you treat Grant. I totally get that. Really enjoying MHI and eager for more. Unfortunately the video file seems to have either been corrupted or removed by some internet hacker. OOPS, my doorbell is ringing. I think you should really create a actual hand book or guide book for MHI.

Most readers would buy it. I really like that quote the beginning of the second book. Feel free to E-mail me. MHI was a great read. I was amazed to find out that you are you. Uhh … that is I thought your book was a great read and that you must be a pro writing under a pseudonym. Look forward to your future works. Is this an homage to Dr. Kinda of a below the radar joke you might say. Something tasteful that sezs Monsters Hunters for profit subtly.

It has to be one of the top 10 books EVER written. If you find yourself in the Dallas, TX area, please let me buy you a beer and pick your brain. Howdy Larry, TJ here got your second book.. Probably no IM this year. Larry, keep up the awesome work on the blog. And we hate you.

I plan on getting MHV the next chance I get. Thanks for the laughs and keep them coming. I just loved what you said about the circle of life… Hubby and I run the family cattle ranch beef operation , and I completely understand.

Suburbanites are missing it. The publishing industry is a funny thing, indeed. It is personal and colloquial yet still manages to be perfectly descriptive in its ability to convey the story to the reader. Please keep writing as long as you can find inspiration. Only one other author has that accolade, the immortal J. Elcrapocrew, The MHI books can be bought as e-books directly from the publisher at baen. When you go to download them, they offer the option of sending the book directly to your kindle.

Otherwise, you can download them to your PC and transfer them to your kindle, nook, etc. Anyone know how I can get in touch with Larry. So I expect Hard Magic to be even better but no pressure. And I might get a patch. Larry, I saw in your bio that you had self published. I was looking at that seriously when I got picked up by a small publishing house, Whiskey Creek Press. Their primary focus is ebooks. Did they approach you presumably based on sales , or did you go to them? I loved your first two MHI books.

You bio is a mini-novel, and well written… plus enjoyable. Makes you sound real, down to earth. If every denomination sent out missionaries door to door in this nation — not even seeking converts but just asking the occupants if they would like prayer for anything — I think it would change this country a lot and head it back in the right direction.

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